Welding Accidents result in electrocution, eye injury, respiratory disease and severe burns.
Welding is also one of the most dangerous occupations because of the likelihood of workplace injury from burns, toxic fumes and electricity. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), welding, cutting, and brazing pose safety and health risks to over 500,000 American workers in a wide variety of industries. Each year, several deaths from welding and cutting incidents are reported, including deaths related to explosions, electrocutions, asphyxiation, and fall injuries. The occurrence of eye-related traumas leads all occupational injuries in the American workplace, many of which are due to welding accidents. Other than eye injuries, the health hazards associated with welding accidents include burns, brain damage and respiratory illnesses from exposure to fumes, gases and ionizing radiation.
Recent studies have shown that toxic chemicals released from welding rods put welders at risk for serious conditions like manganism, or Welders’ Parkinson’s disease.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Occupational Negligence Attorney and catastrophic injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims.
In any welding situation, it is a manager’s responsibility to explain workplace hazards to welders and to make sure that at least the minimum safety standards and OSHA welding regulations are met to prevent welding accidents and injuries. Secondary injures often occur as lightheadedness due to inhalation of fumes leads to a risk of falling, and other injuries are linked to excessive fatigue because of overworking.
Common risk factors of welding accidents include poor work conditions and practices, welding in confined spaces, long exposure periods, dangerous types of welding, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment. Welders are usually required to wear welding helmets and shields, safety goggles and protective clothing to guard against optical radiation to the eyes and skin. Ventilation and respiratory masks are required to protect welders from harmful fumes produced during the process. Radiation, however, may be reflected into welding helmets and penetrate from the tops and the sides, causing exposure even when preventive measures are taken.
Workers involved in welding accidents with questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care should contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.